TOKYO: A small plane with four people on board crashed to the ground at a western Japanese airport on Saturday, leaving all four dead, an official and local media said.
Television footage showed the front and back of the fuselage as severely damaged, with the wing tips broken, and the crashed aircraft near a runway at Yao airport in Osaka.
A local fire department official said that four people on board were found dead following the accident without involving anyone on the ground.
Jiji Press and public broadcaster NHK said the Mooney M20c took off from Kobe airport and tried to land at Yao airport.
TEHRAN: An Iranian F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed during training exercises near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday, killing both pilots, state television reported.
State TV quoted a local security official as saying the plane had crashed about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the city of Konarak in Iran’s southern Sistan-Baluchistan province.
“Unfortunately a military training aircraft crashed today due to technical problems,” killing the pilot and co-pilot, Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the provincial deputy security chief, told the channel.
No other details were provided on the possible cause of the crash.
Another Iranian F-4 fighter crashed near the city of Shiraz in July 2014, leaving both pilots dead.
The Iranian Air Force continues to operate several F-4s bought from the United States before Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
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